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Job specifications for teaching HRM at university level

Bashir, Jibran and Afzal, Sara (2012): Job specifications for teaching HRM at university level. Published in:

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This is a keen observation of various experienced HR Professionals about fresh HR graduates that when they move for job interviews after completing degrees they don’t know about practical Human Resource Management knowledge and they have no idea of how to execute HR functions in organizations. These graduates only know about some employee motivation theories and ideal HR practices of some utopian organizations but they don’t have knowledge about real time human resource department’s role in practicality.

View Point:

In authors’ view the reason of the above mentioned problem is that in various universities the teachers who are teaching HRM subject have never ever touched the industry as an HR professional and they have no idea of operational and strategic issues of HR Functions, and just on the basis of their theory based Masters or Ph.D. degrees they cannot transfer the real essence of subject to their students.

Paper Suggestions:

This paper suggests four job specifications for teaching positions in HRM subject on the basis of authors’ personal HRM teaching and learning experiences. First; HRM teachers need to have one comprehensive university degree of HRM in shape of Honors or Masters. Second; Teacher should have experience of hardcore HR by working as HR generalist in two to three organizations. Third; Teachers need to have an experience of writing and presenting practitioner research papers in field of HRM. Fourth; teacher should act as corporate trainer while transferring his practical knowledge to university students.

Design/ Methodology: The methodology used is authors’ personal experience of teaching HRM and studying HRM in student life.

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